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Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
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Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Leconfield's regional flagship has remained in splendid form for decades, a stellar performer which achieved immediate prominence and massive critical acclaim from inaugural release. An exacting approach to viticulture is central to the magnificent quality of fruit, uncompromising standards of vinification complete an extraordinary Coonawarra Cabernet. A headily perfumed wine of ripe cassis aromas, framed by luxuriously fragrant oak and underpinned by solid structure, a soup├žon of Cabernet Franc contributes edifying floral complexity.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$371.00
Cabernet Sauvignon has been the flagship of Leconfield since the first monumental release in 1977. The aim is to produce a Cabernet wine displaying depth and elegance where oak complexes and enhances the fruit but is not allowed to dominate. Following inoculation to saccharomyces cerevisiae, some components are treated to barrel ferments in predominantly French oak, the balance is held for an extended skin maceration before pressing, achieving the well established statuesque Leconfield style. Following completion of malolactic and a period of exposure to lees in barrel, Leconfield is treated to a year and a half in a high proportion of new French and American oak hogsheads.
Deep red, crimson hues. Augmenting the elegant cassis and blackberry fruit aromas, are scented cinnamon, nutmeg and cedar notes. Fine, medium bodied palate, showing the cassis flavours of traditional Coonawarra Cabernet. Fine velvety tannins balance the textured sweetness of fruit. A tight clean finish, approachable as a youthful wine, the elegance will complement continental inspired recipes.
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